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Hadley Learning Community

Client: Interserve

  • RIBA Stages
    • 2: Concept Design
    • 3: Developed Design
    • 4: Technical Design
    • 5: Construction
    • 6: Handover and Close Out

What we did

Hadley Learning Community School in Telford, Shropshire is an early example of a school built under BB93.

Initial design schemes of the school incorporated all levels of preschool, primary school and secondary school in separate buildings in a campus type layout. It was these initial design schemes that enabled Telford Council to identify what they didn’t want: a campus.

On that basis, the final ring-shaped design of the Learning Community was developed. The developed design incorporated all levels of learning, from pre-school through to secondary school and adult education in one building, with wings extending out from the central rotunda.

Working closely with Interserve, we:

  • Carried out site noise surveys, the results of which informed the design concept;
  • Advised on all acoustic matters during the detailed design stage, including:
    • Recommending a noise barrier approach that didn’t alter the integrity of the design;
    • Incorporating reverberation control in the classrooms, circulation areas and sports facilities;
    • Providing guidance on the sound insulation of walls and floors.
  • Made site inspection visits to monitor construction noise and the correct implementation of the detailed design plans;
  • Carried out final acoustic testing to demonstrate compliance with BB93.

Acoustic features of this project

The acoustics of the large communal areas needed careful consideration. So too did the naturally ventilated classrooms which used passive cooling from exposed concrete slabs and heightened the noise intrusion from the adjacent railway.

In order for the naturally ventilated solution for the school to be used, the:

  • Potential echo and reverberation from the concrete slabs had to be resolved;
  • Use of mechanical ventilation had to be avoided wherever possible;
  • Noise intrusion from the railway next to the site had to be minimised.

Our solution was to adopt an approach which incorporated:

  • Combining acoustic lighting rafts which was, at that time, a fairly new idea;
  • Installing an acoustic noise barrier alongside the railway.

The project team

Architect: Aedas
Main Contractor: Interserve
Acoustics: Adnitt Acoustics


  • Acoustics of large communal area
  • Noise and reverberation effects of exposed concrete slabs
  • Noise from an adjacent railway line


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